Mozilla CEO urged to resign following anti-gay marriage support

Brendan Eich's employees start a Twitter campaign to remove the CEO from his post at Mozilla.

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Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has been urged to resign after it came to light he contributed money towards an anti-gay marriage campaign.

Employees have taken to Twitter asking the Mozilla head to leave his job after it was reported he contributed $1,000 (600) to Proposition 8, a California ballot that was designed to block same sex marriages in 2008.

A couple of the tweets read:

I'm an employee of @mozilla and I'm asking @brendaneich to step down as CEO.

Chris McAvoy (@chmcavoy) March 27, 2014

Like many @Mozilla staff, I'm taking a stand. I do not support the Board's appointment of @BrendanEich as CEO. #Prop8 http://t.co/msKVNjuhgR

Kat Braybrooke (@codekat) March 27, 2014

Have waited too long to say this. I'm an employee of @mozilla and I'm asking @brendaneich to step down as CEO. https://t.co/K3OqeImUnU

iamjessklein (@iamjessklein) March 27, 2014

Many of these employees, including Christie Koehler, Mozilla's head of Education, also explained why they were so disappointed by Eich's decision to publicly speak out about his views regarding gay marriage on their blogs.

Chris McAvoy, product lead of Mozilla Open Badges, explained he wasn't concerned that Eich would discriminate against those in his reporting chain, but he's worried it would give the wrong impression of Mozilla, as a company.

Koehler said in her blog, "Like a lot of people, I was disappointed when I found out that Brendan had donated to the anti-marriage equality Prop. 8 campaign in California. It's hard for me to think of a scenario where someone could donate to that campaign without feeling that queer folks are less deserving of basic rights. It frustrates me when people use their economic power to further enshrine and institutionalise discrimination."

Eich wrote his own blog in April 2012, reassuring staff at Mozilla he is "committed to ensuring that Mozilla is, and will remain, a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, economic status, or religion."

Although Mozilla hasn't said whether it will be actioning any of the calls for Eich to resign, Mark Surman, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation, wrote a blog explaining the company's values in response to the uprising.

He said: "Our culture of openness extends to letting our staff and community be candid about their views on Mozilla's direction. We're proud of that inclusiveness and how it distinguishes Mozilla from most organizations. We expect and encourage Mozillians to speak up when they disagree with management decisions, and carefully weigh all input to ensure our actions are advancing the project's mission."

Eich was promoted to CEO on 24 March this year and was previously CTO of the company. Three board members resigned when it was announced Eich would be taking over the top seat.

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